Here's 11 things you don't see on the playground any more.
I remember really long slides. When you were little, just climbing the ladder was a daunting affair. Really, even then, would my mother have let a 5 year old climb an extension ladder and step up onto the roof? But it was on the playground and no one considered it.
Teeter-totters. 'Nuff said.
Monkey bars and jungle gyms. I never broke an arm or a collarbone, but I was there when it happened.
The most unusual thing I have seen for kids to play on was in Beaufort, S.C. There was a small park on Pigeon Point that had an old fighter jet sitting on it's landing gear. The tires were flat. The canopy was open. You could climb on it, up in the engine cavity or over the wings, sit in the cockpit, it was just there, all sharp edges and oxidation.
I was an adult, working on F-4s, and lived just down the street. I would walk around it, look at things, wonder what year it had taken it's last flight, and who the guys were that had last safety wired a bolt in place.
It was an FJ-2 Fury and the base eventually took the plane back and fixed it up . It is on a pedestal outside the gate at MCAS Beaufort. Kids don't play on it anymore.
What's your memories of playgrounds?